Free Online Pinball Games

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They never will be quite like the old arcade pinball machines with roll digits, but online pinball simulations are visually realistic and can be tailored to almost any theme, and the best deal of all is that they require zero quarters. Free pinball has become a way for companies to promote their brands and encourage people to visit their websites.

While most of these games are a bit dated—if you're looking for the latest in pinball wizardry, you'll want to look to your mobile devices and apps—sometimes aren't as responsive or precise as stand-alone pinball games, and they use Flash, they are convenient and free. Most of these games use the left arrow, down, and right arrow keys to play (some use Ctrl and Shift buttons), but read the instructions for each game if those aren't working.

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Rat'N'Roll Pinball

Rat'N'Roll pinball web page

What We Like

  • Fast pace and fun.

  • Colorful graphics.

  • Realistic animation.

What We Don't Like

  • Controls can glitch in some browsers.

  • High difficulty level.

Disney makes several good free pinball games as a way to promote their films. The Rat'N'Roll table is themed on "Ratatouille." With fun animations and noises, nice ball action, solid flippers, and some neat ramps to shoot for, Rat'N'Roll will provide you with a pretty good time while reminding you of the popular movie it's based ​on.

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Power Pinball

Power Pinball web page

What We Like

  • Very active pinball game.

  • Colorful graphics.

  • Addictive game play.

What We Don't Like

  • Difficult to follow action.

  • Complicated controls.

Power Pinball is different from your traditional pinball game. It features a large table that scrolls into different scenes that all use the same ball. It has the feel of a platform game. A lot is going on in this game, with all kinds of fruits and vegetables to aim for, as well as the possibility of unleashing multiple balls.

Power Pinball has a neat layout but with flippers everywhere, it can be hard to anticipate when to hit them. Also, they tend to stick and sometimes feel too soft even when they're working.

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RapidMotion Pinball

What We Like

  • Futuristic theme.

  • Great sound effects.

  • Strategic pinball action.

What We Don't Like

  • Small game play area.

  • Complex with multiple balls in play.

This unusual adaptation of pinball is a high-speed diversion from more traditional games that uses a small round table that generates a variety of targets as the game progresses. True to its name, the action in RapidMotion is lightning fast, and there can be multiple balls in action at the same time.

Press Space to start and then use your arrow keys to control the flippers.

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Spider-Lad Pinball

Spiderman Pinball Game Online

What We Like

  • Comic themed graphics.

  • Fun music soundtrack.

  • Creative animation.

What We Don't Like

  • Slow paced action.

  • Difficult to master controls.

Play as Spider-Lad or Batsman in this free online pinball game. You can choose your character before the game starts to create a unique pinball table themed with either one.

This is a super vertical pinball table, which means that the ball can be shot really high. You have flippers all the way up the game to hit those high balls.

The down arrow will throw the ball onto the table, and the left and right directional keys control flippers.

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Starsky & Hutch Pinball

Starsky & Hutch Pinball web page

What We Like

  • Realistic pinball graphics.

  • Great sound effects.

  • Nostalgic look and feel.

What We Don't Like

  • Hard to see action on smaller screens.

  • Game ball moves too fast at times.

Even if the "Starsky & Hutch" movie wasn't very memorable for you, this pinball game can be a lot of fun. The ball movement can get blistering fast, but the flippers are more responsive than most pinball games, (using the Ctrl for the left flipper and Shift for the right by default) which make up for it a little. While it's one of the few Flash pinball games that will let you set up your own controls, it doesn't seem to save high scores properly.

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Wall-E Pinball

Wall-E Pinball web page

What We Like

  • Cute Disney-themed graphics.

  • Fun animation.

  • Smooth controls.

What We Don't Like

  • Repetitive sound effects.

  • Low quality background music.

Another fine pinball game based on a Disney Pixar movie, this one takes its theme from the "Wall-E." The table is relatively large (though on high resolution monitors it's going appear small) and it has some great ramps that trigger unusual effects. The physics are well done and the flippers pack enough punch to get the ball where you need it to go.